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av4tarnz
17-09-2004, 11:13 PM
Following up a post I put up earlier (DVD Multizone Software) I got some help for which I'm thankful for, however the software other PressF1 users suggested were only monthly trials. Surely there must be some completely free multizone software on the net somewhere that I can download that someone knows of.
Thanks to everyone who has helped me out so far anyway.
Cheers
Av4tarnz

Spacemannz
17-09-2004, 11:21 PM
Not that I know of only DVD X player. Which isnt free. Other than that, just programs like DVD region free, and a few others that u may know already.

Chilling_Silence
18-09-2004, 12:46 AM
Knoppix (http://knoppix.org)
Linux (http://linux.org)

Or better still:
Yoper Linux (http://yoper.com)

Ive never had any Region issues... Both my Burner and my Laptops DVD-Rom are still set to region 2 IIRC which is the default. Ive played DVD's from regions 2, 4, and I'm pretty sure 1 also, with no worries....

Im sure there's a Live Distro designed for Media-Center PC's... Atomix or something I think.


Chill.

alphazulusixeightniner
18-09-2004, 01:12 AM
How does DVD playing in Linux actually work? Last I heard they had to Rip and Decrypt the DVD to their hard drives just to watch it, because the DVD decoding algorithms require a license from somewhere to do it which costs lots of money?

Chilling_Silence
18-09-2004, 05:49 AM
Step 1:
Insert DVD

Step 2:
Load DVD Player of Choice (I like Kaffeine, vlc, mplayer, xine, ogle....)

Step 3:
Tell DVD-Software-of-choice to play DVD. In Kaffeine this involves clicking the Play menu --> DVD
Kaffeine can easily be set to auto-load upon DVD insertion.

Of course you could use DVD::Rip, or dvdbackup to rip it to your HDD, but that'd just be doing things the long way round ;-)

IIRC, DivX was initially created while trying to decode DVD's in Linux.


Chill.

parry
18-09-2004, 08:54 AM
Sometimes software alone doesnt cut it and you will need a firmware update as well but see here for Region Free tools. I use DVD Genie.

http://www.videohelp.com/tools?s=25#25

barmypom
18-09-2004, 09:28 AM
Try this page.
http://forum.rpc1.org/portal.php
Find the model of your DVD player and download the firmware patch.

Chilling_Silence
18-09-2004, 11:26 AM
How do these firmware releases differ from the ones you get from the manufacturers website?

Are they totally different, or slightly hacked versions?


Chill.